This activity is so much fun! It is colorful, happy and can be adapted to meet sooo many OT goals!
The use of a scooter board is great to work on skills such as bilateral coordination. The reciprocal movement that children do with their feet in sitting or with their hands in prone (on the tummy) to maneuver the scooter works on bilateral coordination of the upper and lower extremities. Furthermore, using a scooter board helps strengthen core muscles. In prone, children work on strengthening their lower back muscles and neck extension muscles. While in sitting, the abdominal muscles are being used (especially when I asked children to hold their arms above their head).
This rainbow activity requires minimal cutting skills. Children simply have to cut along a straight line. For younger children I ask them to cut one sheet at a time. However for older children, I stack all colors of construction paper for this activity and ask them to cut out a strip. This strengthens hands and also requires more advanced bilateral coordination skills (holding all the sheets and still cutting along a straight line)
You Will Need:
- Scooter board
- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet Construction Paper
Ask children to cut along a straight line for each of the colored construction paper to make 1.5 inch wide strips.
Then have children cut each colored strip to be shorter than the previous color in the following order: Red is the longest, then orange, followed by yellow, green, blue and the shortest one will be violet.
Spread out all the colored strips in the room (make sure to place them in random order)
In prone on the scooter: ask children to use arms only in a reciprocal manner to maneuver the scooter to get one strip at a time from longest to shortest. Make sure that your child places the strip of paper on the scooter before bringing it to you, that way he can still use both hands to move the scooter.
In sitting on the scooter: ask children to move feet with reciprocal leg movements to pick up one strip at a time from longest to shortest. Make sure that when your child brings back the strip, that he holds it above his head (to tilt the pelvis correctly and activate abdominal muscles)
Once all strips are gathered and that your child has arranged them in descending order,
put all strips together, line up the edges.
Then staple all edges together on both sides. This will make a rainbow!!!!